Global Women's Leadership Initiative Index

The Leadership Index shows us where women are in governments around the world, how much power they hold and how they got to their positions of leadership. We explore the data through three pillars – pathways, positions and power – to understand the correlations between different variables, decisions and policies and how those decisions ultimately affect how much power women hold in public office. The Leadership Index focuses on positions across the five sectors of government: executive, legislative, judiciary, civil service and security — and also from the national to local levels.

The Index and the Data Portal are initiatives of the Women Public Service Project which has the goal of increasing the percentage of women in public office to 50% by 2050: 50x50.

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Pathways Pillar

Addresses access to positions of leadership and the factors that enable or hinder women from entering these positions.

Positions Pillar

Measures the descriptive representation of leadership positions across 5 sectors of government at both the national and subnational levels.

Power Pillar

Measures the formal and informal powers that women hold in leadership positions.

The 2017 Index (50 Countries) Methodology | Sources

Country Pathways Positions Power Overall Score
Australia 52.22 34.27 63.09 49.86
Austria 55.74 28.62 40.75 41.70
Belgium 63.65 26.72 59.45 49.94
Brazil 63.77 15.32 43.43 40.84
Canada 62.62 53.22 80.87 65.57
Chile 57.19 29.48 69.32 52.00
China 49.94 14.57 26.00 30.17
Colombia 59.28 36.51 58.95 51.58
Czech Republic 47.49 27.73 49.28 41.50
Denmark 50.99 34.08 45.45 43.51
Egypt, Arab Rep. 56.37 14.87 28.85 33.36
Estonia 57.66 26.26 52.56 45.50
Finland 60.73 45.27 91.45 65.82
France 55.67 48.16 74.54 59.46
Germany 54.20 33.26 75.97 54.48
Greece 52.19 47.17 21.76 40.37
Hungary 53.00 30.14 34.01 39.05
Iceland 43.24 44.45 88.78 58.82
India 34.84 27.84 42.99 35.22
Indonesia 44.74 18.54 43.07 35.45
Ireland 71.44 28.13 64.73 54.77
Israel 50.26 35.08 38.90 41.41
Italy 55.81 30.41 50.47 45.56
Japan 52.23 15.25 46.17 37.89
Kenya 57.18 18.49 44.26 39.98
Korea, Rep. 58.59 27.53 56.93 47.68
Latvia 55.82 42.00 54.95 50.92
Luxembourg 58.02 23.21 53.65 44.96
Mexico 56.23 24.71 44.16 41.70
Morocco 53.35 16.32 26.30 31.99
Netherlands 55.26 31.73 76.26 54.42
New Zealand 58.70 40.54 74.70 57.98
Nigeria 36.17 23.79 40.59 33.52
Norway 68.29 48.73 80.26 65.76
Philippines 57.37 52.30 42.21 50.62
Poland 53.46 38.13 56.31 49.30
Portugal 57.00 37.66 57.62 50.76
Russian Federation 51.80 14.25 29.85 31.97
Rwanda 50.94 41.11 60.57 50.87
Saudi Arabia 30.04 0.35 28.95 19.78
Slovak Republic 60.82 45.44 48.90 51.72
Slovenia 62.57 44.03 77.56 61.39
South Africa 52.23 40.57 70.40 54.40
Spain 64.21 41.78 66.78 57.59
Sweden 69.72 59.69 79.52 69.65
Switzerland 51.95 27.69 62.53 47.39
Thailand 58.29 21.13 32.92 37.45
Turkey 52.64 13.90 36.16 34.24
United Kingdom 52.20 33.09 66.84 50.71
United States 50.93 24.24 64.96 46.71